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NM1601 - Music Emotion and Meaning

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Creative Arts

Available to all students

Music and lyrics represent a system of meanings that a listener may use to define their self-concept, personal and social identities as well as impart emotional content. This subject delves into the ways in which music 'hooks' the listener, creating the desire to listen to a song or composition again and again.

Learning Outcomes

  • skills in the analysis and deconstruction of music and sound into meaningful and applicable data;
  • understanding of self-concept, personal and social identity as related to socio-economic perspectives;
  • demonstrated ability to synthesise information for a diverse range of applications and procedures.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
Assessment: quizzes or tests (60%); assignments (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.